Lavender Sea Salt Shortbread Cookies

Lavender Sea Salt Shortbread Cookies are classically simple, fragrant treats that you will want to make time and time again.  

Lavender Sea Salt Shortbread CookiesWho else is ready to throw their January detox diets out the window and make room for some well deserved cookies and cakes already? I might as well be totally honest right now and admit that I didn’t last long with the new year’s cleanse hoopla this year. I kind of ate whatever I felt like all month long, and I’m so okay with it. Sometimes it was a smoothie bowl loaded with healthy AF superfoods, sometimes it was a donut. And a couple of times it was these Lavender Sea Salt Shortbread Cookies, which were pretty much the highlight of my January.

Not much else happened.

Lavender Sea Salt Shortbread CookiesOne thing that did happen though: I catered a fancy tea party and put these cookies on the menu. Calming lavender paired with buttery shortbread cookies is a lovely match, but sprinkling them with flaky Maldon sea salt to accentuate those flavors makes them seriously legit. Maldon has a tendency to make anything it’s sprinkled on seriously legit though, so it’s almost like cheating here but who even cares.

Lavender Sea Salt Shortbread CookiesThe other thing I love about these cookies is their classic simplicity. Only five ingredients are required to make them: lavender, sea salt, flour, butter and sugar. Boom.

Lavender Sea Salt Shortbread CookiesAlso, these are the coziest cookies ever. Like, brew yourself a mug of hot tea, drape yourself in your thickest knit blanket, curl up with a good book (and ideally a fluffy kitty) and get down on these Lavender Sea Salt Shortbread Cookies right meow.

Lavender Sea Salt Shortbread Cookies


 

Lavender and Sea Salt Shortbread Cookies

Lavender Sea Salt Shortbread Cookies are classically simple, fragrant treats that you will want to make time and time again.  

Author Denisse

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried lavender
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • Maldon or other flaky sea salt for garnish

Instructions

  1. Whisk together flour and sea salt in a small bow. Set aside.
  2. Grind together lavender and sugar with a mortar and pestle or an electric spice grinder (coffee grinders work great for this also, just make sure to clean it out thoroughly first.
  3. Add butter and ground lavender mixture to the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Reduce speed to low and gradually add in flour, mixing until the dough just comes together. Transfer dough to a clean surface, divide in half and form into two balls. Wrap dough balls in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes.

  4. On a lightly floured work surface, roll each dough ball out to a 1/4-inch thickness. Use a heart shaped or 1 1/2-inch round cookie cutter to cut cookies. Place cookies on parchment lined baking sheets. Prick cookies with a fork and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Chill cookies in the refrigerator while the oven preheats.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°. When oven is preheated, bake cookies for 8 -10 minutes, until just browned around the edges. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Lavender Sea Salt Shortbread Cookies
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